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Seeking informed consent on Brexit

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4816 (Published 15 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4816

Consent makes the law (Consensus facit legem)

Informed consent is a redundancy, because being properly informed is a precondition of consent. Without being properly informed, a patient or client cannot give any legitimate, binding consent. Therefore, it is imperative that all professionals withhold any request for agreement or signatures, until after all information and questions have been addressed.


Competing interests: No competing interests

15 November 2018
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA